Playing on Air Singles [8-35 minute short plays, plus interviews]

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The Single Series is a module version of the full-length Playing on Air Series. It features a single short play followed by lively conversation with its playwright, director, cast. The times given include the ensuing conversation although the play can, of course, stand alone. Please inquire were you to need the length of the short without the conversation which follows.

PLAYING ON AIR FULL EPISODES (53 Minutes)

PLAYING ON AIR SINGLES (10 - 42 Minutes including optional interview)

Playing on Air is a unique public radio program featuring a novel form of story-telling, the short play. The short play form is ideal for the rhythms of radio listeners on the go. Listeners enjoy a beginning, middle and knock-out punch in minutes. They enjoy a variety of voices and styles in one show. Plus, after hearing the artists perform, they get to hear all the artists converse about what just went down.

Our contemporary shorts are written by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning dramatists in a format they love, but rarely hear performed by top talent.

Our actors are world-class: Sam Waterston, Bobby Cannavale, Audra McDonald, Rosie Perez, Adam Driver, John Leguizamo, Michelle Williams, Jesse Eisenberg, Kathleen Turner, Bill Irwin, Peter Gallagher, Ed Asner, Jerry Stiller, Jane Krakowski...

Writers and directors include Pulitzer Prize winners David Lindsay-Abaire, David Auburn, John Patrick Shanley, Beth Henley, Lynn Nottage, Donald Margulies, Lanford Wilson; Tony winners Christopher Durang, Warren Leight, John Guare, and notable others.

The topics of these short plays are wide-ranging, timely, and reflect the world we live in now. Masters of the form, our playwrights write pieces that, like all great theater, entertain, illuminate, inform and humanize.

A short can be anywhere from 6 to 40 minutes! Original music, and polished, subtle sound design are composed for every bite-sized but beautifully crafted piece.

After hearing a short play, listeners get the inside scoop from its participants. Lively, insightful conversation with each short's playwright, director and cast about what just happened, round out each show.

PLAYING ON AIR FULL EPISODES (53 Minutes)

PLAYING ON AIR SINGLES (10 - 42 Minutes including optional interview)

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PLAYING ON AIR FULL EPISODES (53 Minutes)PLAYING ON AIR SINGLES (10 - 42 Minutes including optional interview) Playing on Air is a unique public radio program featuring a novel form of story-telling, the short play. The short play form is ideal for the rhythms of radio listeners on the go. Listeners enjoy a beginning, middle and knock-out punch in minutes. They enjoy a variety of voices and styles in one show. Plus, after hearing the artists perform, they get to hear all the artists converse about what just went down. Our contemporary shorts are written by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning dramatists in a format they love, but rarely hear performed by top talent. Our actors are world-class: Sam Waterston, Bobby Cannavale, Audra McDonald, Rosie Perez, Adam Driver, John Leguizamo,... Show full description


60 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
Caption: Amy Ryan
Amy Ryan stars in Pulitzer Prize winner David Auburn’s Fifth Planet. A professional astronomer played by Amy Ryan (Birdman; Gone, Baby, Gone; “The ...

  • Added: Jun 23, 2016
  • Length: 39:50
Caption: Arielle Goldman
CARRY THE ZERO "gets the awkwardness of teenage hookup culture squeamishly right" (NY Times). In this moving short play, sex, peer pressure, and so...

  • Added: Jun 15, 2016
  • Length: 26:24
Caption: Lucy DeVito
Take radars, magnetrons, and dielectric heating; add two teenagers; mix and get lots of heat in this funny short about a teenage first date. Winner...

  • Added: Jun 15, 2016
  • Length: 25:55
Caption: Sarah Sokolovic
ANNIVERSARY by Rachel Bonds, a comic drama about a young, grieving woman who finds love again. Featuring Michael Esper (The Last Ship, A Beautiful ...

  • Added: Jun 15, 2016
  • Length: 21:24
Caption: Jane Kaczmarek
Napoleon in Exile by Daniel Reitz, is a humorous and touching piece about a single mother and her young adult son who has ASD (Autistic Spectrum Di...

Bought by KUER


  • Added: Jun 15, 2016
  • Length: 38:26
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Lois Smith
Starring Carol Kane, Julie White, Lois Smith; written by Tony winner John Guare; directed by Tony winner Doug Hughes is Something I’ll Tell You Tue...

  • Added: Jun 15, 2016
  • Length: 34:03
Caption: Steven Boyer
In Holly Walter Kerby’s Attention, Amber (Tony nominee Celia Keenan-Bolger) is bummed out that her boyfriend has visited his family without her. Sh...

  • Added: Jun 15, 2016
  • Length: 17:56
Caption: Rosie Perez
In Crazy Eights, a short play by David Lindsay-Abaire, recovering drug addicts (Rosie Perez, John Leguizamo) have their Saturday night card game ru...

Bought by KZYX


  • Added: May 18, 2016
  • Length: 32:14
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Jodi Long
Dear Kenneth Blake by Jacquelyn Reingold features Matthew Cowles and Jodi Long in a moving romance between a Cambodian refugee and a homeless man.

  • Added: May 18, 2016
  • Length: 20:23
Caption: Hope Davis
Two passengers of very different statures meet on a plane and take off! A Very Very Short Play by Jacquelyn Reingold features Tony nominee Hope Dav...

  • Added: May 05, 2016
  • Length: 13:37
Caption: Lynette Freeman
A perfect choice for Breast Cancer Awareness month is Waking Up by Cori Thomas. It juxtaposes the experiences of an American urbanite's and an Afri...

  • Added: Nov 05, 2015
  • Length: 18:02
Caption: Zach Appelman
In Christmas Breaks by Patrick Gabridge, a young man surprises his girlfriend with some curve ball gifts. Featuring Zach Appleman (War Horse and "S...

  • Added: Nov 05, 2015
  • Length: 15:57
Caption: Judy Gold
Featuring Judy Gold, In The Miracle of Chanukah, a holiday guest’s story of a personal miracle throws a family for a loop. Humorous, wacky, and tho...

  • Added: Oct 29, 2015
  • Length: 17:36
Caption: Jerry Stiller
Two Jewish Men In Their Seventies by Pulitzer Prize finalist Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros features the hilarous Bob Dishy (Along Came Polly) and Je...

  • Added: Oct 29, 2015
  • Length: 15:10
Caption: Tonya Pinkins
In Forward Observer, Tony Award winner Tonya Pinkins plays a harried VA hospital clerk. An elderly World War II veteran is giving her a hard time a...

  • Added: May 18, 2016
  • Length: 22:29
Caption: Jenn Harris
In the manic, outrageous and other dimension comedy The Philadelphia by David Ives, even ordering a sandwich is a challenge of epic proportions - l...

Bought by KZYX, KZYX, and KZYX


  • Added: Oct 28, 2015
  • Length: 15:04
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Liv Rooth
A meet-cute in a coffeeshop contains multitudes, in this entertaining, experimental short, now a classic, from David Ives (Venus in Fur). It is fro...

Bought by KZYX, KUNM, and WABE


  • Added: Apr 16, 2015
  • Length: 15:03
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Peter Jacobson
SECTION 310, ROW D, SEATS 5 & 6 is a short entertaining play from Tony winner Warren Leight about three buddies who bond over their shared passion ...

  • Added: Apr 15, 2015
  • Length: 29:40
Caption: Michael Urie
Starring Harriet Harris and Michael Urie. After gay marriage is legalized in New York, one mother will stop at nothing to get her son to the altar....

  • Added: May 18, 2016
  • Length: 19:52
Caption: Aidan Quinn
In BANSHEE, a teacher (Aidan Quinn) who's home sick receives a visitation from an Irish sprite (Geraldine Hughes) and an out-of-this-world proposal...

  • Added: Feb 12, 2015
  • Length: 25:46